There’s an angle I missed from an earlier post — the angle of attack. Read:
A Defense Department official said Israeli jets had struck at least one target in northeastern Syria last Thursday, but the official said it was still unclear exactly what the jets hit and the extent of the bombing damage.
Now I can read a map well enough to tell that Israel borders Syria’s southwest tip. So how’d those plane get all the way to Syria’s northeast? Did they fly over Turkey? Did they come in over Iraq, via Jordan? Both seem unlikely to me. Most likely, those IAF fighters took the direct route, all the way across Syria, and never once worried too much about Syria’s Russian-made air defenses.
Come to think of it, Iran uses the same equipment…